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Physiotherapy Considerations for the Examination and Management of Headaches: A Musculoskeletal Perspective

Physiotherapy Considerations for the Examination and Management of Headaches: A Musculoskeletal Perspective

Physiotherapy Considerations for the Examination and Management of Headaches: A Musculoskeletal Perspective

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Course Description

This course presents evidence-based and clinically applicable content for physiotherapists and other healthcare providers managing headache pain. Relevant introductory points will be reviewed prior to discussing the International Classification of Headache Disorders (ICHD). Additionally, background evidence pertaining to the regional interdependence of the cervical spine, temporomandibular joint, and headache pain will be discussed. Lastly, diagnostic and management data/strategies pertaining to various headache types will be discussed. Each of the included headache types will be characterized from a perspective most relevant to conservative, musculoskeletal healthcare providers.

Course Objectives

  1. Become familiar with background information related to headache classification
  2. Review evidence regarding the role of regional interdependence in the manifestation of headaches
  3. Review evidence based content related to the classification and management of the following headache types:
    1. Cervicogenic headache
    2. Tension-type headache
    3. Migraine headache
    4. Cluster headache
    5. Trigeminal neuralgia
    6. Giant cell arteritis

Audience

Physiotherapists, physiotherapist assistants, chiropractors, massage therapists, physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, patients, and anyone else interested in understanding how to categorize and manage key headache types from a conservative, musculoskeletal perspective.

The instructors
Stephen Shaffer
PT, ScD, FAAOMPT, FCAMPT

Dr. Shaffer is a bilingual (English-Spanish) clinical specialist, educator, and scientist with seventeen years of experience in the physiotherapy profession. After graduating with a master’s degree in physiotherapy he went on to complete residency, fellowship, and academic doctoral training in advanced orthopedics. Initially, he spent years traveling the United States as a traveling physiotherapist but currently works in private practice in Ontario, Canada. During his career he has specialized in the evaluation and management of spinal, extremity, jaw, and headache disorders. Additionally, his professional experience has involved extensive time managing chronic pain as well as both complex and rare cases. In clinical practice he places an emphasis on research-informed evaluation and management as well as manual therapy, clinical reasoning, and shared decision-making. Dr. Shaffer prides himself on making sound decisions on behalf of his patients and strives to ensure that they gain maximal benefit from their healthcare experiences.

In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Shaffer is a researcher with experience on topics related to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and advanced practice physiotherapy rights. He also has experience teaching post-professional courses on cervical spine, jaw, and headache disorders. Currently, he is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT; https://aaompt.org) and is credentialed through the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (CAMPT; https://manippt.org). When not busy with these activities, Dr. Shaffer leads a team of contributors for the AAOMPT Podcast (https://aaomptpodcast.simplecast.com/), an interview show that addresses a wide array of topics related to orthopedics, and serves as a peer reviewer for an array of scientific journals.

Course Material included in this course
  • Handout - Physiotherapy Considerations for the Examination and Management of Headaches: A Musculoskeletal Perspective
  • Handout - Physiotherapy Considerations for the Examination and Management of Headaches: A Musculoskeletal Perspective
  • Video Lectures - Introduction
  • Part 1 - Introduction
  • Part 2 - A Few Quick Points
  • Feedback
  • Video Lectures - Physiotherapy Considerations for the Examination and Management of Headaches: A Musculoskeletal Perspective
  • Part 3 - A General Introduction to Headaches
  • Part 4 - Headaches, Temporomandibular Disorders, and the Cervical Spine, How Do They Relate?
  • Part 5 - Cervicogenic Headaches
  • Part 6 - Tension-type Headaches
  • Part 7 - Migraine Headaches
  • Part 8 - Cluster Headaches
  • Part 9 - Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Part 10 - Giant Cell Arteritis
  • Feedback
  • Video Lectures - Conclusions & Feedback
  • Part 11 - Conclusions
  • Feedback
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